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Disney's Not So Spooky Spectacular

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Disney's Not So Spooky Spectacular is a Halloween firework show which premiered on August 16, 2019 at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom.

In 2022 , following Walt Disney World Resort's reopening, Magic Kingdom announced that an updated version of the show will return for the classic Halloween event, Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party , as part of Walt Disney World's 50th anniversary celebration.

  • 1 Show summary
  • 2 Show scenes
  • 5 References

Show summary [ ]

Jack Skellington welcomes everyone to his party. So he brings his dog Zero to take Mickey , Minnie , Goofy , and Donald who are trick-or-treating to an unusual haunted house filled with Disney villains.

Show scenes [ ]

  • " This is Halloween " ( The Nightmare Before Christmas , show theme)
  • " Trick or Treat for Halloween " ( Trick or Treat )
  • " Be Our Guest " ( Beauty and the Beast )
  • " The Silly Song " ( Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs )
  • " I've Got No Strings " ( Pinocchio )
  • " Step in Time " ( Mary Poppins )
  • " Someday My Prince Will Come " ( Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs )
  • " Once Upon a Dream " ( Sleeping Beauty )
  • " Beauty and the Beast " ( Beauty and the Beast )
  • " Oogie Boogie's Song " ( The Nightmare Before Christmas )
  • " The Gospel Truth " ( Hercules )
  • " Poor Unfortunate Souls " ( The Little Mermaid )
  • " Painting the Roses Red " ( Alice in Wonderland )
  • " The Court of Miracles " ( The Hunchback of Notre Dame )
  • Reprise of "This is Halloween" and "Trick or Treat for Halloween"
  • This show marks the debut of the Jack Skellington puppet with newly programmed technology, and also reused in What's This? Nightmare Before Christmas Sing-Along at Disney's Hollywood Studios as part of the Disney Jollywood Nights christmas event since 2023.
  • As part of #DisneyMagicMoments, and because of the ongoing pandemic, Disney released the full fireworks show on their official YouTube channel.
  • Like Happily Ever After , the 2022 version of the show also added new projection animations to support Cinderella Castle's Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary facade.

Gallery [ ]

Disney's Not So Spooky Spectacular logo

References [ ]

  • 2 Inside Out 2
  • 3 Once Upon a Studio

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

The 2023 event has concluded. please check back for information regarding the 2024 event., halloween fun for everyone, halloween with a disney twist, join some of your favorite disney characters for an evening of spirited fun..

Get your favorite costume ready! Come collect candies and treats while Magic Kingdom park thrills and chills you with eerie entertainment, delightful attractions and some beloved Disney Characters.

Though attractions and experiences are subject to change, here’s a list of what was available during our 2023 event:

  • Set your sights on the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular! Watch 3 sinister sisters bewitch and bedazzle the residents of Magic Kingdom park.
  • Witness Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular —a wickedly wild fireworks display featuring some of your favorite Disney Characters and hosted by Jack Skellington from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas .
  • Boogie down at the Disney Junior Jam at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café —featuring some favorite friends from Disney Junior shows. It’s perfect for young partygoers!
  • Watch beloved Disney Characters—including Minnie Mouse, Daisy Duck and Clarabelle Cow dressed as the Sandersons from Hocus Pocus—during Mickey's Boo-to-You Halloween Parade .
  • Collect a bag full of candy as you roam the trick-or-treat trails in search of some of your favorite sweets.
  • Revel in the extraordinarily enchanting atmosphere of Magic Kingdom park during this limited-capacity event.

Best of all, this event is “not-so-scary”—so children of all ages can join in the fun!

Before you go, please review our dress code and costume guidelines .

Favorite Attractions

Enjoy popular attractions—some with spellbinding surprises.

Adventureland

  • Jungle Cruise
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Swiss Family Treehouse

Frontierland

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Liberty Square

  • Haunted Mansion

Fantasyland

  • Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
  • “It’s a small world”
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Mad Tea Party
  • Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Storybook Circus

  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • The Barnstormer

Tomorrowland

  • Astro Orbiter
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor
  • Space Mountain
  • Tomorrowland Speedway
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover
  • TRON Lightcycle / Run presented by Enterprise

Entertainment offerings, available attractions and experiences are subject to change.

Enchanting Entertainment

Disney’s not-so-spooky spectacular.

Watch the skies come alive with a Halloween spectacular featuring lasers, fireworks and more!

Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular

Join a wickedly fun celebration at Cinderella Castle stage hosted by the Sanderson Sisters from Hocus Pocus.

Mickey's Boo-To-You Halloween Parade

Witness a masquerade of Characters—including a few faces from Haunted Mansion.

The Cadaver Dans Barbershop Quartet

Head over to Frontierland where this Dapper Dans-style singing group will delight you with their “dead pan” humor.

Candy, Costumes, Characters & More

Trick-or-treat throughout the park, get your fill of halloween sweets and snacks as you gather up goodies from land to land..

Allergy-Friendly Fun If you have a food allergy, please see a Cast Member to pick up a teal-colored treat bag. When you trick-or-treat with your teal bag, you’ll receive a teal token at our treat stations. Later on, you can redeem these teal tokens at our Allergy-Friendly Centers for your special treats!

Enjoy Mars Wrigley Treats Thank you to the signature sponsor—Mars Wrigley—for providing tasty treats at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party in 2023.

Come in Costume

Don a cool costume for this occasion—following a few guidelines, of course..

Before brewing up your make-believe best, please read our official costume guidelines for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. You can also visit shopDisney to put together the pumpkin-perfect disguise!

See Favorite Characters All Dressed Up

Meet some disney friends dressed in their own halloween costumes..

Get your camera ready! Be on the lookout for some Disney Characters in their “haunt-couture” looks—ready to pose for a photo with you.

Devilishly Delightful Additions

Event merchandise.

Bring the party home with not-so-scary souvenirs and mementos (available for purchase).

Specialty Sips & Bites

See what we've brewed up for the occasion: Halloween-inspired food and beverages (available for purchase).

Disney PhotoPass Experiences

Not-so-scary memories, let disney photopass photographers capture memorable moments in a spook-tacular setting.

Mickey’s big bash will come and go before you know it, but we’ve cast our spell so partygoers can preserve these haunted highlights forever. Throughout the evening, Disney PhotoPass photographers will be on hand to snap spirited pics at a variety of spots—including Character experiences! You can also enjoy Disney PhotoPass service at select attractions.

Please note that if Guests want to preview their attraction photos—for select experiences like Haunted Mansion —they must do one of the following:

  • Wear a MagicBand or MagicBand+ linked to their Disney account
  • Set up Disney Magic Mobile Service in the My Disney Experience app

A few tips for linking attraction photos and videos using your mobile device:

  • Make sure to sign in to the My Disney Experience app.
  • Keep your mobile device out of low power mode while on board.
  • Use a mobile device with Bluetooth® technology enabled for the My Disney Experience app.

Please note that an Apple Watch can’t be used to automatically link attraction photos and videos.

Magic Shots

Strike your most macabre pose for a photo with a halloween-themed touch..

Magic Shots add Disney Characters and other surprises to Disney PhotoPass photos after they’ve been taken! Watch as a supernatural surprise appears in your photo—like the grim grinning ghosts from Haunted Mansion.

Memory Maker

Conjure up even more magic with unlimited downloads of your disney photopass photos and videos..

Purchase Memory Maker so you can relive this hex-cellent event! Capture and share memories with Disney PhotoPass service—we'll get everyone in the picture!

Learn more about Memory Maker.

So Much More to See and Do

Disney resorts collection.

Stay in the magic at uniquely themed Disney Resort hotels.

Disney Gift Card

Surprise them with a gift card to use at the event!

Be Spellbound by Hocus Pocus 2

Watch the bewitching sequel on Disney+. Subscription required.

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Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Returns to Walt Disney World with EERIE-sistible Tricks and Treats!

Alexis Mack Disney Parks Blog Author

by Alexis Mack , PR Senior Specialist at Walt Disney World

It’s Halfway to Halloween here at Walt Disney World Resort and, in celebration of the wicked occasion, I’m excited to share that Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party will return to Magic Kingdom Park late this summer and will run through this fall. Get ready for a spooktacular celebration with plenty of tricks and treats when the series of parties kicks off August 11.

With spellbinding entertainment, favorite Disney characters dressed in their Halloween best and more, celebrate the most haunting time of the year at Walt Disney World Resort. This limited-capacity, nighttime event starts at 7 p.m. and allows guests to experience shorter wait times on attractions, themed food and beverage and more. Guests of select Walt Disney World Resort hotels, Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels, and Shades of Green can purchase tickets starting April 27, and tickets will be available to all guests starting May 2. The event dates are:

  • August: 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
  • September: 1, 4, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 28, 29
  • October: 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29, 31
  • November: 1

In honor of #HalfwayToHalloween , check out some of the most ghoulish moments to look forward to when this guest-favorite event returns.

Watch a Ghostly Promenade with “Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade”

It’s good to be bad, and your favorite Disney villains are back to stride down Main Street, U.S.A., alongside Disney heroes, the iconic Haunted Mansion graveyard diggers and other favorite characters. You may even spot some ghoulish new faces this year.

Get the Party Startled With “Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular”

Jack-o-lanterns aren’t the only ‘Jack’ at Walt Disney World this Halloween! The Pumpkin King, a.k.a. Jack Skellington, will once again host the must-see nighttime spectacular, “Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular.” Featuring projections, special effects and lighting paired with fireworks, music and iconic Disney characters, you won’t want to miss this!

Trick-or-Treat Yourself to Candy and Sweets

Guests getting candy during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

M&M’S, SKITTLES, and SNICKERS, OH MY! Guests can satisfy their sweet tooth at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party by stopping by trick-or-treating locations throughout Magic Kingdom Park. 

See a Spellbinding Spectacle With the Sanderson Sisters    

The Sanderson Sisters, stars of the iconic “Hocus Pocus” films, will unite for an adventure and call on their comrades to summon the ultimate “Hocus Pocus” Party Potion during the “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular” stage show at Cinderella Castle.

Also during the party, you may have the opportunity to experience some of your favorite attractions including Haunted Mansion, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and the newly opened TRON Lightcycle / Run presented by Enterprise. TRON Lightcycle / Run will use a virtual queue* during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, allowing guests to enjoy all the festivities while they wait to enter the Grid. Stay tuned for more details! 

You won’t want to miss the hair-raising happenings at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party this year, so be sure to get your tickets. Guests of select Walt Disney World Resort hotels, Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels, and Shades of Green can purchase tickets starting April 27, and tickets will be available to all guests starting May 2. Stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for more exciting details about all the scream-worthy surprises in store as Disney Parks celebrate #HalfwayToHalloween.

*V irtual queues are limited and subject to availability, times are subject to change, and joining a virtual queue does not guarantee entrance to any experience.

Destinations: Walt Disney World Resort , Magic Kingdom

Topics: Halloween at Disney

Is there a foodie guide for the Halloween/ fall season at WDW? I remember a special black flame candle treat/ dessert and a pumpkin spice cupcake on a stick in 2022, both at Grand Floridian, quick service Gasparilla Grill, and there’s always been special treats for purchase during Mickey’s Not so Scary Party at Magic Kingdom.

How much are tickets to the Halloween party?

What time on the 27th will they be available for purchase?

On Halloween party days, what time will the Magic Kingdom close to daytime guests?

All Disney resorts, Shades of Green and Swalphin will be able to book on the 27th. You will either need to be logged into MDE with resort reservation linked, go through a Travel Agent or call in to book this date.

Which selected WDW hotels will be able to purchase on April 27th?

Will entry still begin at 4 PM for ticket holders?

What is the price point for this awesome celebration?

How can we find out which hotels will have access on the 27th April? Also what time of day please?

Does Pop Century count as a “select” WDW resort??

Do we know which hotel guests will be able to purchase tickets on the 27th? We will be staying at Fort Wilderness Lodge on September 29th (which is the party date we would like)!

So if I book a hotel stay now, for October, will I be able to purchase party tickets on April 27th? And what specific hotels do I need to book at to get the early ticket sale?

Is there any news about Disneyland California yet?

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2024 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Party is a special event held each fall on select nights at Magic Kingdom theme park. Purchase of an event admission ticket is required to attend Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Separate theme park admission is not required to attend the party, nor is your party ticket connected to your Disney theme park admission ticket in any way. Purchasing your tickets in advance is strongly recommended, particularly for parties that occur on the weekends in October.

If you are looking for a way to celebrate Halloween Disney Style, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is the event for you. Adults and children can Trick-or-Treat their way through the Magic Kingdom while experiencing Halloween magic at every turn. Guests of all ages are encouraged to dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes. Attendance for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is limited, though, so plan to purchase tickets early if you’re going to go.

The evening includes Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade led by the infamous Headless Horseman, live shows, dance parties, meet-and-greets with rarely seen Disney characters, unique merchandise and a special Halloween-themed fireworks display, Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular . “Grim Grinning Ghosts Come Out To Socialize” while this green and orange show lights up the sky above Cinderella Castle.

You won’t want to miss the special character greeting opportunities that feature some of your favorite characters dressed up for Halloween. Many favorite Disney Villains will appear throughout the park and during the parade and special shows. On Main Street, U.S.A., you may even see a barbershop quartet of dead cowboys who sing songs in the style of the Dapper Dans.

Halloween lighting, music and theming effects, not featured on non-party nights, will transform select areas of Magic Kingdom theme park into happy haunted hollows. This party is more fun than scary!

The following are specific details for 2023. When details are released for 2024, they will be updated. 

Ticket Information   What’s New   Video Overview Entertainment Schedule   Entertainment Highlights   Treat & Character Locations   Essential Info for Attending   Tips

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Tickets

Select nights august 11 – november 1, 2023.

Time: All parties are from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. Guests may link their special-event tickets in their My Disney Experience accounts. Typically, party-goers can enter the park as early as 4:00 p.m. on the day of the party using just their party ticket or linked-MagicBands. While Disney does not generally publicize this information, for years, it has had an “early entry” policy as a means of staggering the crowd entering the Magic Kingdom on party nights and preventing a backup at the gates at the start of the party. While you are not “technically” guaranteed early entry with your party ticket, to date, we have not heard of a single person with only a party ticket for admittance being turned away after 4:00 p.m.

Wrist bands are distributed at the gate and can also be picked up at various other park locations after 4:00 p.m. The party goes on rain or shine, and there are no refunds for inclement weather.

To purchase your tickets, Fill out the form below and submit or click here  to get in touch with the travel agents at The Magic For Less Travel. 

There are very few MNSSHP dates left now.  Availability is limited and subject to change.

  • August: 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
  • September: 1, 4, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 28, 29
  • October: 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29, 31
  • November: 1

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General Tickets Discounts: Tickets for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party are not discounted. Generally, the Halloween night party is not only the most expensive Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party ticket, but will also be the most crowded. Tickets are offered both in advance and at the gate on the date of the party. The number of tickets for each party is limited, and events often sell out early.  Day of event tickets are offered at the gate only if the party has not sold out in advance and are often not available.

Annual Passholder and DVC Member Discount Tickets are available for advance purchase for select dates, and this discount will not be available the day of the event. Annual Passholders can call (407) 560-PASS for additional information. Annual Passholders who purchased online must show a valid Passholder ID at the park entrance for each ticket or pass purchased. Disney Vacation Club members must call Member Services at (800) 800-9800 to purchase. -Passholders can purchase for themselves and up to 3 Guests. -DVC Members can purchase for themselves and up to 5 Guests.

What’s New

  • Minnie Mouse, Daisy Duck and Clarabelle Cow, dressed as the Sanderson Sisters from Disney “Hocus Pocus”, will make their debut this year in Mickey’s “Boo-To-You” Halloween Parade at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

Video Overview

2023 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Entertainment Schedule

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade (including the ride of the Headless Horseman) — 9:15 p.m. & 11:15 p.m. • Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular Fireworks—10:15 p.m. • Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular (Castle Stage)—August and September 2023: 8:35 PM, 10:45 PM, midnight; October 2023: 7:40 PM, 8:35 PM, 10:45 PM, midnight

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Entertainment Highlights

Mickey’s boo-to-you halloween parade.

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

“Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade” is arguably one of the best parades at Walt Disney World. The parade is shown twice nightly during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, once at 9:15 p.m. once at 11:15 p.m. and begins with the can’t-miss Headless Horseman, who rides immediately before the parade.

The “Boo-To-You” parade features a collection of frightful floats featuring Disney Characters in Halloween costumes. Appearances will be made by Disney villains, trick-or-treating Disney characters in costume, pirates (including Captain Jack Sparrow), skeletons, Goofy’s giant candy machine, and much more! Spooks will include the marching Haunted Mansion butlers, dancing hitchhiking ghosts, undead ballroom dancers, the Caretaker and his dog, and the gravediggers who scrape their shovels along with the asphalt, creating a light spray of sparks. Of course, the cornerstone portion of the parade is the section themed around the popular attraction The Haunted Mansion.

The parade features one of the catchiest songs you’ll ever hear. Unlike the Christmas parade, the “Boo-To-You” parade is only available during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties, so you won’t want to miss it.

Viewing areas in Frontierland or Liberty Square are less crowded than Main Street U.S.A., but if you choose to sit away from Main Street, you may have to reposition yourself after the first parade to get a good view of the fireworks. The second parade tends to be less crowded than the first.

Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular Fireworks

Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular debuted in 2019. This show is hosted by Jack Skellington from Nightmare Before Christmas who has come to tell a not-so-scary story about how anything can happen on Halloween night. From there, Jack’s ghost dog, Zero will then fly off carrying everyone along on a trick-or-treating adventure of Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy who find themselves drawn into a mysterious haunted house. The foursome will go from one room of the house to another, where they will come across things like dancing skeletons, waltzing ghosts and a whole series of Disney villains. This show features projections on the castle.

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

The show takes place each evening at 10:15 p.m. Of course views are always best from Main Street USA, but at the very least, try to stand somewhere so that you have an unobstructed view of the sky around the Magic Kingdom. New Fantasyland is a less crowded location from which to view the new show and offers an excellent view, sans the castle projection show.

“Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular” Show

The Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular features The Sanderson Sisters from the cult Disney classic, Hocus Pocus who will be returning to the mortal world to celebrate their favorite time of year, Halloween.  The show will take place on the Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage, where Winifred, Mary, and Sarah decide to use their magic to host a decidedly wicked fun fest and will attempt to cast a spell on everyone. The show will incorporate the Disney villains, dancers, projections, and special effects.

Hocus Pocus Villains Spelltacular at Mickey's-Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

During the show, the sisters will enlist the help of the Disney villains and use the evil powers of their frightening colleagues to conjure the ultimate Hocus Pocus Party Potion.  Look for appearances from Dr. Facilier, Oogie Boogie, and Maleficent. The Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular is a not-to-be-missed Halloween treat! Showtimes for August and September 2023: 8:35 PM, 10:45 PM, midnight; October 2023: 7:40 PM, 8:35 PM, 10:45 PM, midnight

The Cadaver Dans

Venture into Frontierland, and you might encounter the ghostly group known as the Cadaver Dans. The Cadaver Dans dressed as dead Frontiersmen in Frontierland. (They are more commonly known as The Dapper Dans who typically perform on Main Street U.S.A. during the daylight hours.) Showtimes are 7:00 PM, 7:45 PM, 8:30 PM, 9:50 PM and 10:30 PM.

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Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Treat & Character Locations

About trick-or-treating.

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Trick-or-treat bags are provided at the gate as you enter Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party or at any of the candy stations; guests may also bring their own. Trick-or-treating locations, both candy stations & treat trails with multiple candy stops, are marked on the party guide maps. You can pick up a map as you enter the park. Both children and adults are welcome to participate. Disney gives out a pretty nice selection of candy at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, and there is no shortage – collect as much as you want!

Treat locations have previously been found:

Main Street USA

  • Market Street (Open until 8:00 p.m.)
  • Main Street Chamber of Commerce – Allergy-Friendly Center

Adventureland

  • Torguga Tavern
  • Enchanted Tiki Room

Frontierland

  • Dock to Tom Sawyer’s Island
  • Country Bear Jamboree

Liberty Square

  • Heritage House – Allergy-Friendly Center
  • Columbia Harbor House

Fantasyland

  • Pinocchio’s Village House
  • Mickey’s Philharmagic
  • Gaston’s Tavern
  • Ariel’s Grotto

Tomorrowland

  • Path to Tron
  • Monsters Inc Laugh Floor
  • Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe
  • Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress

Special Dietary Restrictions & Trick or Treating

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

For those with allergies, when you arrive for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, see a Cast Member to pick up a teal treat bag. (Teal is the official color of food allergy awareness.) Official Allergy-Friendly Centers are located at Town Square Theater (near Tony’s Town Square Restaurant on Main Street, U.S.A.) and Liberty Square Ticket Office (near The Hall of Presidents in Liberty Square). Then, when you trick-or-treat with your teal bag, Cast Members will give you a teal token at each treat station. Later on, you can redeem your teal tokens at our Allergy-Friendly Centers to receive your special treats!

If sugary candy is not your thing, there are healthy options available, too. You can exchange all your goodies, collected at the treat locations, for candy that fits your dietary needs, such as sugar-free candy , treats without nuts or healthy options . Simply bring your candy to City Hall, and they’ll exchange it. A few healthy treats can also be found at select candy stops; in the past raisins and Chiquita bananas were handed out.

About Characters

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Guests will find many of their favorite characters dressed up in costume for the event. Also, there are also a few uncommon (and therefore extremely popular) meet and greets including Jack and Sally from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas , Disney villains such as the Queen of Hearts, Gaston, and Lotso.

Want to attend Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party? Book your trip with our friends at The Magic For Less Travel. Get a no obligation quote here . 

Essential Info for Attending Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Planning your evening.

Here are the things you should prioritize, in this order, to get the most out of experiencing Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party:

  • Meeting popular characters like The Seven Dwarfs and Jack Skellington
  • Mickey’s Boo to You Parade
  • Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular Firworks
  • Hocus Pocus Villains Spelltacular

Here’s our suggestion of what your Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party plan of attack should be:

  • 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – go on attractions that will not be open during the party, eat dinner (do not eat dinner during the party, as you are wasting valuable time), get in line at around 5:30 p.m. to meet the character you want to meet the most.
  • 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – go on attractions, buy Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party merchandise, meet characters with shorter lines, grab special party themed snacks, Dance Parties 9:00 p.m.- 11:00 p.m.  – Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular fireworks, trick or treat (Catch the Hocus Pocus Villains Spelltacular, if you won’t be able to stay at the park all evening.), Dance Parties 11:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. – Boo to You Parade, trick-or-treat, meet characters with shorter lines, ride attractions, eat more special party themed snacks, Dance Parties
  • Midnight – Catch the last show of the Hocus Pocus Villains Spelltacular

Is Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Worth It?

The party tends to be worth it for those families who have children (or adults) who can stay up late.

The party is also worth it if you think of your party ticket as your park ticket for that day. So, say, for instance, you are going to be at Walt Disney World for 5 days. If you would like to attend the party, you could buy 4 days worth of theme park tickets and then visit the party as the 5th day.

The best way to get the most out of the party is to sleep in that morning, rest and hang out by the pool in the afternoon, and then arrive in the early evening, ready for the festivities.

The least crowded days tend to be in August and September, and Tuesdays tend to be less crowded overall.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Attractions

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Guests have unlimited use of popular attractions such as The Haunted Mansion , Big Thunder Mountain Railroad , Pirates of the Caribbean , Dumbo , Seven Dwarfs Mine Train , Space Mountain , Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin , Under the Sea~Journey of The Little Mermaid and many more. Not all attractions will be open during the party, and Hall of Presidents , Liberty Square Riverboat and Tom Sawyer Island have been closed the past few years. Lines will be the shortest during the two parades and after the Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular Fireworks when many families with young children leave the park.

TRON Lightcycle / Run will be offered during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, but it will feature a Virtual Queue that will go live at 6:00 p.m. on party nights.

In addition, certain attraction have special Halloween overlays. These include Space Mountain and Mad Tea Party.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Dining Options

Mickey’s not-so-scary party dining.

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During Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, partygoers can relax over fabulous food and a heaping helping of fantasy at one a popular table-service restaurant.

  • Be Our Guest
  • Cinderella’s Royal Table

Dining reservations are available from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and are strongly recommended.

Dining is also available at select counter service and snack locations throughout the park but is very limited once the party begins. It’s probably wise to eat your main evening meal before attending the party.

Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular Dessert Party

Guests may also choose to take part in one of two special dessert party offerings.

Guests can choose from the Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular Fireworks Dessert Party with Plaza Garden Viewing or the Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular Fireworks Dessert Party at Tomorrowland Terrace. With both packages, Guests can enjoy a private dessert party and enjoy views of the Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular fireworks show. Guests will be able to dine on Halloween-themed cupcakes and desserts, chocolate-dipped strawberries, chocolate mousse, ice cream, cheeses and fresh, seasonal fruits. Beverages will include sparkling cider, signature lemonades, specialty Halloween drinks, hot chocolate, coffee or tea.

With the Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular Fireworks Dessert Party with Plaza Garden Viewing as showtime nears, Cast Members will escort you to a prime location in the Plaza Garden—where you can enjoy priority views of the Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular Fireworks spectacular over Cinderella Castle.

The Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular Fireworks Dessert Party with Plaza Garden Viewing costs $99 for adults or $59 for children (ages 3 to 9), plus tax.

With the Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular Fireworks Dessert Party at Tomorrowland Terrace , Guests will then stay at the Tomorrowland Terrace to view the Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular fireworks.

The Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular Fireworks Dessert Party at Tomorrowland Terrace costs $114 for adults or $69 for children (ages 3 to 9), plus tax.

The Desert Party begins at 9:15 p.m. and the fireworks start at 10:15 p.m. Guests may check-in directly at Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant beginning at 4:00 p.m. All Guests will receive identification credentials upon check-in and must present them for entry to the dessert party.  Also, the Disney Dining Plan entitlements may not be redeemed for this event.

Special Treats

There are a number of special treats that are available exclusively for the party. More details about what those items will be will be shared when released.

Merchandise

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Walt Disney World releases a number of fun Halloween themed merchandise for the season. Items include trading pins, Spirit Jerseys, t-shirts, MagicBands, Minnie ears, light up necklaces, Halloween buckets, and other collectibles. And, of course, the golden rule of Disney shopping always applies; if you see something you “must” have, buy it then and there. You may not find it again, and this is especially true for seasonal merchandise. Otherwise, save the shopping for last or another day.

Note: Annual Passholders can purchase exclusive merchandise to commemorate the event. Don’t forget to use your merchandise discount!

Special Novelties

This year brings yet another set of spooky novelties options as well. This includes popcorn buckets, sippers, and more. These items will be available at various times throughout the season, so be on the lookout! All are available only while supplies last.

Guests, both children, and adults are welcome to wear costumes. However, costumes are not required to attend Mickey’s Not-So-Scary-Halloween Party. About half of those attending will dress up. Although Mickey’s Not-So-Scary-Halloween party is the one time of year Disney relaxes rules about costumes in the park for anyone over the age of 14, there are a few rules that must be followed.

  • Disney reserves the right to deny admission to or remove any person wearing attire that is considered inappropriate or attire that could detract from the experience of other Guests.
  • All Guests may dress as their favorite character, but may not pose for pictures or sign autographs for other Guests.
  • Costumes must be family-friendly and may not be obstructive, offensive, objectionable, or violent.
  • They may not contain any weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.
  • Costumes may not contain sharp objects, pointed objects or materials that may accidentally strike another Guest.

For Guests Ages 13 and Under

  • Costumes and some masks may be worn, as long as the mask does not cover the entire face and eyes are visible.

For Guests Ages 14 and Older

  • Layered costumes or costume props that surround the entire body are strongly discouraged and may be subject to additional security screening.
  • Costumes may not reach or drag on the ground. (e.g., full-length Princess dresses)
  • Capes may be worn if the length does not go below the waist.
  • Themed T-shirts, blouses, sweatshirts, and hats are acceptable.
  • Acceptable accessories include transparent wings, plastic lightsabers, toy swords, and tutus. Headwear may be worn as long as it does not cover the face.
  • May not wear masks of any kind.

Guests who do not adhere to these guidelines may be refused entry into the park. That is unless the costume can be modified to meet the above standards. For more information on these guidelines, please visit Disney’s website.

Lastly, if you’re going to dress up, remember that the weather can be quite hot and humid in Florida during August, September & October. Try to choose a light-weight costume that doesn’t require a stuffy overcoat, mask, wig, etc. You’ll be glad that you did. Also, be sure to check the Orlando weather a few days before your visit. The party goes on rain or shine; you’ll want to be prepared if rain is in the forecast. Visit our TheMouseForLess Tip section below for even more costume suggestions.

For addition, essential info, visit our MFL Tip Section

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Tips

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

  • Do a little planning before and after purchasing Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party tickets. The Halloween night party is not only the most expensive, but will also be the most crowded party. Other dates offer savings with advance purchase, so plan accordingly. Generally, parties in September are less crowded than parties in October. Parties on Tuesday tend to be less crowded than parties that occur on other days of the week. If you’re on the fence about attending, consider that the Magic Kingdom usually closes earlier during party dates; this may be one of your few opportunities to be in the Magic Kingdom after 9 p.m. during your trip.
  • Since you can enter the Magic Kingdom as early as 4 p.m. with your party ticket, you may want to make Advance Dining Reservations at a Magic Kingdom restaurant for dinner. Table Service restaurants book up early on party nights so book as far in advance as possible. You can book up to 190 days out if you are staying at a Walt Disney World resort, and 180 days in advance otherwise. Allow yourself enough time to finish eating before the party begins. If you’re planning on eating at a Quick Service restaurant before the party, be aware that some restaurants may close earlier than expected. This is especially true for Quick Service restaurants that will not be opened during the party; some closing as early as 5-5:30 p.m. on party nights. If your children are having a makeover at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique before the party, be sure to make those reservations well in advance too.
  • To help prepare for the late night, try to relax or even take a nap in the afternoon before the party. Then arrive a little early to dine or ride a few attractions that are closed during the evening. If plan on changing in the restroom prior to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, allow ample time. Many people have the same idea, and restrooms will be busy.
  • Dress up! It’s part of the fun, but not a requirement. Costumes can be as elaborate or as simple as you like and something the whole family can do. Last minute costumes could include a funny t-shirt or Disney hat and perhaps some face paint. The Emporium in the Magic Kingdom and Mouse Gear at Epcot usually have a selection of costume items for both children and adults. The same costumes are also carried on Shop Disney.com for about $20 less. During regular operating hours, Disney does not allow anyone over the age of 9 to wear costumes to the park. This policy seems to relax a bit on Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party days. This is good news for those who are dressing up for the evening, but want to go to the park early. Generally, costumes may be worn in the park anytime after 4 p.m. on party nights.
  • Those attending Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party will be given a wrist band as they enter the park through a designated turnstile. If you entered the park before wrist bands being distributed, you can obtain a wrist band after 4 p.m. at stations found in the park by showing your Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party ticket. There are different color bands for each party night. Make sure you do not remove your wrist band. Cast Members do check for wrist bands throughout the night. Without one, you will not be able to get on rides, meet characters, get candy, enter stores, purchase food or do anything else after 7 p.m. If you are spotted without a wrist band one the party starts, you will be asked to leave the park. There are no exceptions. If you don’t have a ticket but would like to stay to attend the party, you can check at City Hall to see if tickets are available for that particular evening. Some parties do sell out in advance, but if tickets are available, they may be purchased at City Hall without having to leave the park.
  • Trick-or-treat bags are provided at any of the candy stops or the gate as you enter the party. The bags are on the small side and fill up very quickly. You may want to bring your own bag to avoid carrying several of Disney’s bags. Or you can purchase larger trick-or-treat bags or plastic pumpkin buckets with Mickey ears at the Emporium to gather treats. You could also buy a themed Hitchhiking Ghost or Hatbox Ghost Mickey popcorn bucket (available at popcorn carts) and use the empty bucket to trick-or-treat.
  • Trick or treating locations are marked on the Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party guide and map. You can pick up a guide as you enter the park. A small flashlight will help to read the map at night. You can also look for lighted Mickey pumpkin balloon-like globes throughout the park to find the trick-or-treat locations. You may want to save trick-or-treating until the end of the night as Disney never runs out of candy. Try to do as many character meet-and-greets as you can and catch the special shows and parade first. Plus, as the night goes on, the lines for treats get much shorter, and handouts are often more generous. And be sure to have your candy bags ready as you exit the park, as this is often a place to get even more candy.
  • Disney gives out a pretty nice selection of candy at the party, including “fun-sized” Snickers, Twix, Milkyway, Almond Joy, Hershey bars, Heath bars, Nestle Crunch bars, Reese’s cups, Kit-Kat, M&Ms, Skittles, SweetTarts, Smarties, gummy “Toy Story” characters, SweetTarts, Tootsie Rolls, Starburst, Now & Later, Twizzlers, Bottle Caps, Mike & Ikes, Bit ‘o Honey, Jolly Rancher, Goofy Candy Co. lollipops, Werthers caramels, Candy Corn and more. You can collect as much as you want! Those with special dietary needs can do a “candy swap” at City Hall; they’ll exchange your goodies for treats that meet your dietary restrictions. Just ask to see a list of your options which included Jelly Belly (sugar, dairy, egg and nut free), Chocolate Pumpkin and Bat Suckers (gluten, sesame, egg & nut free), Mixed Fruit buttons (sugar, dairy, egg & nut free) and Butterscotch Buttons (sugar free).
  • When trick-or-treating, you don’t have to worry about Disney running out of candy! So, consider hitting up the candy stops towards the end of the night, rather than at the beginning. (Disney has been known to often hand out more candy to each guest the later the night goes.)

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  • If you’re not into meeting characters or Dance Parties, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a great time to ride as many rides as possible. Most will be operating, and since Disney limits attendance to the parties (unofficially, we hear attendance is capped at 25,000). Lines are usually short throughout most of the night—even when the party is a sellout. The one “must do” attraction is the Haunted Mansion. Cast members are made up to be even spookier on party nights, and the graveyard gets a special Halloween fog and lighting treatment too. On the front lawn of the Mansion, you’ll find ghostly spirits, eager to share a tale with guests. These ethereal spirits are extra-eerie, and quite interactive with the crowd and fun to watch.
  • PhotoPass photographers are out in force at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. In the past, special Halloween “magic” photos with the Hitchhiking Ghosts digitally added are available. Plus, don’t miss a special shot with the hearse ghost driver at the carriage and invisible horse in front of the Haunted Mansion. Guests will also want to take advantage of the Animated Magic Shots too! There is usually a special Halloween photo spot in the Town Square area. Here you can have your photo taken with whimsical pumpkins. You can add the MNSSHP PhotoPass photos to your PhotoPass card or Memory Maker package via your MagicBand and when you get home, view and share your photos online — only materializing for the party? Memory Maker One Day is available to purchase for $59 in the My Disney Experience mobile app during or after your visit.
  • The areas where PhotoPass photographers take photos can get quite crowded, especially the character meet & greets. Town Square is particularly busy between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. with people in line to meet characters. And speaking of characters, this is your opportunity to get photos with rare Disney characters, such as the Seven Dwarfs; Captain Jack Sparrow; the Disney Princesses with their Princes; Eeyore, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, and Piglet (all together in one photo); Jane & Tarzan, Lotso and, of course, the Disney Villains. Plus, Jack Skellington and Sally (most popular) from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas will make appearances. Some characters will be in their Halloween costumes. Lines for some of the most popular characters can begin forming by 6 p.m. Try to get a few photos done when the party first starts and others towards the end of the night. And don’t forget to bring your own camera, so you don’t miss that unique shot in case there is no PhotoPass photographer around.

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  • During Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, take time to notice the little details. There are several forms of spooky pavement art, some projected by lighting effects, and even Cast Members will create fleeting water sketches with a broom and dustpan. Look for the skull and crossbones projection on Big Thunder Mountain or Pirates of the Caribbean. There are spiders and webs projected on rocks and pavement throughout Tomorrowland. Main Street U.S.A. is awash in eerie changing color. In Adventureland, colorful Tikis laugh as they attempt to scare guests away. Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion are bathed in fog. And of course, there is spooky music throughout the park. Specific effects will vary from year to year.

To book your vacation during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, make sure to contact The Magic For Less Travel . Request a No-Obligation Quote today!

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Fireworks Dessert Parties for 2023 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom

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Magic Kingdom offers fireworks dessert parties during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party . Additionally, Walt Disney World has exclusive snacks and all-day food options available. This shares what you need to know about the Not-So-Spooky Spectacular Dessert Parties including pricing, booking dates, and whether they’re worth it. ( Updated July 15, 2023. )

Walt Disney World’s culinary teams have conjured up some frightfully fun delights for you to indulge in during your day trip to Magic Kingdom with more special treats during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. During that event, the highlight for many guests is obviously trick or treating, with candy like M&M’s, Snickers, and more.

In addition to that, several restaurants and snack spots will be open and offering even more Halloween-themed items that are available for purchase. If our experiences in the past–and the stock photos and descriptions Disney has shared–are any indication, some of these are treats, whereas some are tricks…

Before delving into the dining options at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, let’s discuss dessert parties. There are two options this year, the Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular Dessert Party with Plaza Garden Viewing and the Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular Dessert Party at Tomorrowland Terrace.

These upcharges within the upcharge event (or  upchargception, as some might call it) offer a variety of Halloween-themed drinks and desserts. This includes Pumpkin Cupcakes with frosting, Chocolate-covered Strawberries, Cheesecake Mousse with chocolate crumble topping and crisp pearls, and a Pistachio White Chocolate Crunch Bar striped with purple chocolate. Here are the details about each of the Halloween dessert parties…

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Mickey’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular Dessert Party at Tomorrowland Terrace

  • A bewitching buffet of sweets and sips at Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant
  • Views of Mickey’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular fireworks from the Tomorrowland Terrace seating area

Sweets & Sips to Savor – A ghostly toast of sparkling beverages and Halloween-themed eats, including:

  • Desserts: Chocolate-dipped strawberries, cupcakes, seasonal fruits, cheeses and other ghoulish goodies created daily by Magic Kingdom’s master pastry chef
  • Beverages: Sparkling beverages, signature lemonades, coffee and tea, beer and wine

Event Details

  • Location: Dessert party held at Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant at Magic Kingdom, with fireworks viewing from a seating area on the restaurant’s terrace
  • Time: Check in at the entrance to Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant one hour before the fireworks begin
  • Price: $114 (including tax and gratuity) for guests ages 10 and older; $69 (including tax and gratuity) for guests ages 3 to 9

For both dessert parties, tickets are required for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party on the same night, and not included in the price of the dessert party.

Bookings for Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular Dessert Party at Tomorrowland Terrace will be available on July 18, 2023 for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party event dates starting August 11, 2023.

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Mickey’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular Dessert Party with Plaza Garden Viewing

  • A bewitching buffet of at Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant
  • Views of Mickey’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular fireworks from a reserved standing area in the Plaza Garden

A Spectacular Show – As showtime nears, Cast Members will escort guests to a standing location in the Plaza Garden to view Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular fireworks.

  • Location: Dessert party held at Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant at Magic Kingdom, with fireworks viewing in the Plaza Garden
  • Time: Check in at the entrance to Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant 1.5 hours before the fireworks begin
  • Price: $99 (including tax and gratuity) for guests ages 10 and older; $59 (including tax and gratuity) for guests ages 3 to 9

Same deal here–Bookings for Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular Dessert Party at Tomorrowland Terrace with Plaza Garden Viewing will be available on July 18, 2023 for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party event dates starting August 11, 2023.

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We are not fans of the dessert parties during the hard ticket Halloween and Christmas parties for several reasons. First, they’re more money on top of an already expensive event. Second, they eat up valuable Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party time; you’ll already have a difficult time doing everything, and attending a dessert party only makes that more difficult.

Finally, they simply are not necessary. Neither of the reserved viewing areas are ideal spots for viewing the fireworks, and that’s doubly true with Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular fireworks.

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This is not simply a matter of frugality. If you gave me the option of viewing the Halloween fireworks from Tomorrowland Terrace or the Plaza Garden  for free , I would decline. They simply are not great locations, and the lower crowds during these events makes fireworks viewing easier than a normal night in Magic Kingdom.

Critically, you have a poor view of the unequivocal highlight of the nighttime spectacular from both reserved locations. We watched Not-So-Spooky Spectacular about a dozen times in the last year it was shown, from just about every perspective in the park. See our Guide to Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular for recommendations based on our experiences (the first half is a review, so scroll a little over halfway down for fireworks viewing recommendations).

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In short, you should  only  do the dessert party if you really want Halloween-themed desserts. In that case, why not just buy them at various locations around the park? You’d come out ahead both in monetary and time cost.

Alternatively, do the dessert party on a different night in Magic Kingdom. While we still don’t recommend it, the value calculus is significantly better. Fireworks viewing is more difficult on a normal night (so you actually benefit from the reserved viewing areas), and the opportunity cost is lower. Seriously, these dessert parties are not worth it–they are driven almost entirely by the FOMO machine and not an honest and logical assessment of value for money.

With the dessert party info out of the way, here’s a look at the other dining options available during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom…

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Most counter service restaurants are open during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, with relatively reasonable hours. Our strong recommendation would be eating an early dinner, ideally before the event starts.

If you’re planning on doing character meet & greets–particularly the popular ones–you really should consider dining around 4 or 5 pm (too bad Disney doesn’t do early bird specials) so you’re done and can queue up early for your first character.

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Alternatively or additionally, secure spots for the first Boo to You Parade and send a runner to grab food. Multi-tasking during downtime scores you serious savvy strategist points, which are currently trading at 1.77 Shrute Bucks (it’s a tough economy, but beet futures have been resilient).

You won’t be the only one with this idea, and the most popular option for that is Casey’s Corner, by a longshot. You’ll see dozens of frightened fathers precariously perching trays of hot dogs while weaving through the crowds, careful not to drop their precious cargo–valued at dozens of Schrute Bucks. Now that oughta be an Olympic sport!

Point being, Casey’s Corner can be an easy and efficient option, but it’s also busy. Nevertheless, it’s what we recommend if you’re watching Boo to You from Main Street. Sleepy Hollow is the closest alternative, and the line there can be just as bad–but far less efficient. Pecos Bill is too far away, and Columbia Harbour House usually closes early. Cosmic Ray’s can be a good option, especially if, like me, you’ve been eyeing that ridiculous Bayou Burger.

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Alternatively, there will be a couple of table service restaurants open during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party:

  • Be Our Guest Restaurant – Indulge in delectable French-inspired fare amidst enchanting décor— très délicieux !
  • Cinderella’s Royal Table – Dine inside Cinderella Castle during this one-of-a-kind experience inspired by the classic fairy tale.

Advance Dining Reservations are highly recommended for both of these restaurants during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. These dining experiences are separately priced and are not included in the ticket price for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

As with the dessert parties, we don’t recommend doing table service meals during MNSSHP. There are simply too many other great things to do at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party–it’s unlikely you can do all of the regular entertainment in a single night–to justify putting precious time towards a lengthy, sit-down dinner. It’s just not worth taking the time from the regular awesome entertainment of the Halloween party to do this.

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Finally, there are the savory snacks, decadent desserts, and special entrees covered in our Food Guide to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party . Some of these look fun, but many of them are also available during daytime hours in Magic Kingdom. Unless something really catches your eye and you can’t get it during a normal day in the park, we wouldn’t recommend prioritizing these products.

Ultimately, our take on all of the dining options during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party essentially comes down to the cost in dollars, but more importantly, in time . Both table service dining and dessert parties consume at least an hour, if not more. On a normal night in the park, there’s not much opportunity cost to this–the downtime is nice.

Moreover, the dessert parties would normally offer upside via reserved viewing. None of that is true during the hard ticket events. Eat before you arrive, or stick to counter service and try to multi-task while waiting for something else. It’s always true that time is money at Walt Disney World, but that adage is even more pronounced during these pricey special events!

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YOUR THOUGHTS

Are you planning to do one of the dessert parties at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party? What about a table service dinner at Cinderella’s Royal Table or Be Our Guest Restaurant? Will you instead do a counter service meal before the party starts, or strategically while waiting for the first parade? Do you agree or disagree with our assessment of the dessert parties or anything else here? Any questions we can help you answer? Hearing feedback about your experiences is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts below in the comments!

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Written by Tom Bricker

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the thing they forget to mention in this article is finding the right day at that 109.00 price for adults and 69.00 for children. if you don’t get they weekend tickets and get tickets on a regular week day they cost $149.00 ech adult and 109.00 for each child. which I think is extremely ridiculous for a company to do that if there advertising only the 109.00 and 69.00 for the party.

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My big frustration with Disney regarding the dessert parties is that no one knows if I can bring my stroller along if my 1 year old is asleep in it. She will no doubt sleep through most the party but I’m there for her brother. I am considering both options but it floors me that disney staff cannot even answer simple questions. It’s crucial in me deciding what to do. Will one allow it or not?! All they say is maybe, they aren’t certain!

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What about an early table service dinner at 4/4:30, I have always felt it is so busy during this time when the regular park guests are still there and the party guests are arriving.

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LOL. UPCHARGE EXTREME: for those whom a simple fleecing just won’t do. I will normally and willingly give Disney all my money, but these dessert parties and dinners within the already separately ticketed event border on parody. You know there’s a team at Disney headquarters in a conference room trying to find a way to further upcharge the upcharge dinners. Promotions hinge on it.

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HAHAHA!! The Plaza Garden upcharge to the Dessert Party upcharge to the Halloween Party upcharge should be worth a bonus, but no promotion because they couldn’t think of another synonym for “scary” or “spooky” that begins with an “S.”

While the best kind of upcharge is a good one for the purchaser and adds to the experience for all guests (the Typhoon Lagoon cabanas are well themed from outside that area *and* from a distance), at least Mickey’s Spine- tingling Garden Party takes no worthwhile viewing area from other guests.

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Video: Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2023

Hi everyone!

We attended the first Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party yesterday (we were hosted by Disney, but we have tickets for the next two party nights as well). One of the highlights each year is the Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular fireworks show, which debuted in 2019 (replacing HalloWishes). Jeff recorded the show last night, with great close-ups of the life-sized Jack Skellington puppet.

Here is our video of Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular for 2023! I was in line for a meet and greet at the time (I will photograph the show on Tuesday) but I did add video stills to the article with more information below. Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular runs at 10:15 p.m., between the two parades.

Disney says of Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular,

During a frightfully fun fireworks display, Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy are spirited away to a mysterious haunted house where they encounter dancing skeletons, waltzing ghosts and a sinister gathering of Disney villains! Don’t miss this dazzling spectacular featuring state-of-the-art projection effects, lasers, lights and fireworks during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party—offered on select nights from August 11 through November 1, 2023.

The life-sized Jack Skellington puppet is really incredible to watch.

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The Cinderella Castle projections are vibrant and include a variety of characters, including Mickey.

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Here is a look at the dancing skeletons.

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The Queen of Hearts.

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And also Oogie Boogie.

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I look forward to seeing Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectactular again on Tuesday and sharing photos from this wonderful show.

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Times Announced for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Fireworks Show!

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Things are seriously heating up around Disney World and that can only mean one thing — it’s almost time for Halloween!

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Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party sign

We’ve learned a ton of details about Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party in Disney World this year, and tickets are already starting to sell out . This special event puts visitors in the middle of a Halloween party in Magic Kingdom , complete with its own  fireworks, parade, characters, and snacks ! And, we finally know just when during the party we’ll be able to check it all out.

If you ask us, some of the best experiences at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party are the entertainment offerings! Between parades, characters, and fireworks, we love getting our festive fright on in Magic Kingdom.

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And now, Disney has revealed just when we can check out some iconic shows. First up, Mickey’s Boo To You Halloween Parade will be happening at 9:15PM and 11:15PM each night of the party. 

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Boo to You Halloween parade at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (2022)

And, Mickey’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular fireworks show will take place each night the party occurs at 10:15PM. 

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The Not-So-Spooky Spectacular

Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade is a returning favorite… and continues to delight to this day. The parade features characters dressed up in their Halloween costumes, plus some unique characters like the grave digging ghosts from the Haunted Mansion. Mickey’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular Fireworks is a true highlight of the event and features fireworks and projections on Cinderella Castle.

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This is Halloween!

You’ll also be able to watch the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular three times a night in  August and September  at 8:35PM, 10:45PM, and midnight . In  October , the show will be performed at  7:40PM, 8:35PM, and midnight.  This show follows the Sanderson Sisters as they join forces with other popular villains like Dr. Facilier, Oogie Boogie, and Maleficent to mix up some trouble in Magic Kingdom.

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Hocus Pocus Villains Spelltacular (2022)

We’ll be at the first Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party LIVE, so be sure to join us on August 11th as we take you through the party! In the meantime, have you checked our  DFB exclusive graphic tees and merch ? We’ve even got some Halloween-appropriate attire!

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Why we don’t think the Dessert Party during Mickey’s-Not-So-Scary Halloween party is worth it

By: Author Heather Thomas

Published: August 21, 2023 Updated: August 21, 2023

Why we don’t think the Dessert Party during Mickey’s-Not-So-Scary Halloween party is worth it

There are several specially ticketed events offered at Walt Disney World throughout the year.

One of these events is the Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom. These parties are offered several nights in August, September, and October and feature guests dressing up in costume, trick-or-treating, and other special activities that are only offered during the party.

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One of the additional activities offered during the main Halloween party is the Fireworks Dessert Party at Tomorrowland Terrace . This event costs extra to attend (on top of the cost of the Halloween party ticket) and is kind of a party inside a party.

So, is it worth it to pay the extra to attend the Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party dessert party?

Probably not.

In this article

Dessert Parties

Dessert parties are not a Halloween Party exclusive thing. In fact, we’ve tried (and loved!) the dessert parties at Magic Kingdom several times.

We think those parties are great for when you are looking for something special to do during your vacation OR if you just don’t want to have to worry about finding a good spot to watch the fireworks OR if you have someone in your group who would feel safer being inside a closed area and not in the middle of the crowds.

But, when it comes to the dessert party at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, we feel a little bit differently .

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Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) is already a specially ticketed event, which means you cannot use a normal park ticket to enter the park while it is occurring. You have to purchase a separate ticket if you want to go.

The cost to get into the Halloween Party is around $109-$199 (plus tax) for adults and $99-$189 (plus tax) for children (depending on the night). In all fairness, your MNSSHP ticket allows you to enter the park at 4pm even though the party itself runs from 7pm to 12am – but even with that perk, that is still pretty darn pricey.

Want to learn more about MNSSHP? Make sure you check out our Complete Guide to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party , which covers everything from tickets to entertainment to characters. We even have a map to help you find everything.

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Now add to that total ticket cost the price for the dessert parties during MNSSHP, which range from $99 to $115 per adult.

After some quick math, you can see just how pricey it can get.

Basically, if you want to do both (attend Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and the Halloween Dessert Party) you’re looking at paying a minimum of an estimate of $218/adult all the way to $300/adult.

Halloween Party Dessert Party Options

There are 2 different dessert party options to choose from. When it comes to desserts and drinks, both parties have the same offerings:

Desserts:  Chocolate-dipped strawberries, cupcakes, seasonal fruits, cheeses, cookie decorating station, crêpes, etc. Beverages:  Sparkling beverages, signature lemonades, milk, water, coffee and tea; additionally, beer and wine will be available to guests 21 and over

The difference comes from the view you’ll have when attending the party.

Not-So-Spooky Spectacular Dessert Party with Plaza Garden Viewing

  • Price: $99 (including tax and gratuity) for guests ages 10 and older; $69 (including tax and gratuity) for guests ages 3 to 9
  • View: Guaranteed firework viewing in the Plaza Garden. This view will put you nearly dead center on the castle, but although you can sit while you wait for the fireworks, during the show the Cast Members will require you to stand.
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MNSSHP fireworks

Not-So-Spooky Spectacular Dessert Party at Tomorrowland Terrace

  • Price: $115 (including tax and gratuity) for guests ages 10 and older; $69 (including tax and gratuity) for guests ages 3 to 9
  • View: Guaranteed firework viewing from a seating area on the restaurant’s terrace. This view is not “perfect” and you’ll be looking at the castle off on an angle, but, you will be able to sit during the show.

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Missing out on the Halloween Party

In addition to the costly expense of the dessert party, if you decide to attend one you’ll also be looking at losing a large chunk of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party time

This is one of our main complaints about “parties within parties” like this: the loss of time from the original event (the original event that you’re already paying a premium to attend, we might add).

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Not only do you lose out on time to do other special events only offered at the party, unlike the other non-party nights, the crowds aren’t as bad, which means it shouldn’t be difficult to find a good viewing location for the fireworks without having to pay for dessert party viewing.

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What to expect at the Halloween Dessert Parties

Here’s what to expect if you are planning to attend one of the Halloween Dessert Parties:

Checking In

After you book your reservation, you’ll receive information on checking in for the event. The fireworks are at 10:15 pm on party nights, but your check-in time will be 8:45 pm (for Plaza Garden Viewing) or 9:15 pm (for Tomorrowland Terrace viewing). We recommend you show up closer to 8:15 pm if you want to avoid any lines and more importantly, if you would like to get one of the tables with the best views if you’ve booked the Tomorrowland Terrace dessert party.

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When you check in you’ll be given a wristband and, if planning to drink alcohol, your ID will be checked. You’ll then be escorted to a table.

Snacks and drinks

After you get your table, you’ll be able to grab some snacks and drinks.

In general, there is nothing over-the-top “Halloween” about these treats. You can get basically very similar things during the regular dessert parties on non-MNSSHP days. That said, we think some of the desserts actually taste better here than what you get at the regular dessert parties.

The selection may always vary, but here’s an example of what you might find:

Beverages with alcohol

  • Veramonte Chardonnay
  • Zolo Signature Red Blend
  • Saracco Moscato d’Asti
  • Paul Cheneau Lady of Spain Cuvee Cava
  • Blue Moon Belgian White Ale

beverages

Beverages without alcohol

  • Minute Maid Lemonade
  • Nestlé Passion Fruit, Orange, and Guava Juice
  • Strawberry Lemonade

drinks

  • Caramel apple crêpe
  • Assorted cheese and crackers
  • Assorted fruit
  • Chocolate and Vanilla cake bites
  • Firehouse donuts
  • Butterscotch pudding with caramel corn
  • Pumpkin toffee cupcakes
  • Devil’s chocolate pudding
  • Dark chocolate cookies
  • Chocolate covered strawberries
  • Pistachio crunch bars
  • Cookies ‘n cream cheesecake mousse
  • Key lime tarts
  • Decorate your own sugar cookie

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You can come and go

As long as you have your wristband, you can come and go from Tomorrowland Terrace (if you are still dining) and the viewing area (if you have the dessert party with the Plaza Garden Viewing).

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We did this several times, in fact. Our group split up and some stayed while others ducked out to catch the first parade or hop on a ride.

When it comes time for fireworks, those with the Plaza Garden View will be directed to the viewing location (or escorted if you don’t know where you are going). If you have Tomorrowland Terrace viewing, you’ll just be able to stay there at your table.

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If you want, you can even go out to the viewing area early to watch the parade from there – just know that the view isn’t that great.

On our night, we’d estimate the dessert party was at most 1/3 full. That means we had our pick of spots to watch the fireworks.

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But, even on nights when it is sold out, it isn’t too difficult to find a spot in the garden. You can sit while you wait for the fireworks, but at about 5 minutes before showtime, they’ll ask you to stand up.

Who do we recommend attend the Fireworks Dessert Party?

Still on the fence? We have to admit, having a spot to sit and chill for a bit during a busy Halloween Party is kind of nice. We really loved that aspect of it when we gave it a try.

It may be worth it to those looking for something a little different to do at the party.

For instance, if you regularly attend the MNSSHP and are wanting to change your routine or experience something new, this could be a good option for you.

This might also be a good idea for anybody in your group that you know might need a break from the crowds and a place to sit and relax for a bit. The party almost becomes like a mini club lounge, where you have several hours to come and go while you snack and drink. That could be the perfect thing for some people.

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BUT – if you have never attended, or don’t attend the MNSSHP frequently, you should probably skip the dessert party and enjoy the Halloween party you are already paying a premium for.

For more information on the Fireworks Dessert Party during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (and to be purchase tickets), checkout the official Disney World website.

Want to learn more about MNSSHP? We have an entire Guide to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party .

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How well can you see the Jack Skellingron puppet from the garden?

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Can you stay in the plaza garden viewing area for the Hocus Pocus show? Is it a good view for that as well? Thanks!

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That isn's a great space for Hocus Pocus. Need to be closer to the castle for that. We recommend being just behind the trolley tracks that go in front of the castle.

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Hi, We've attended the dessert parties both on normal days an during a NSSHP. While the ones on normal days have been excellent, the Halloween one was a major disappointment. It was the first Halloween party of the season and the cast members were not up to speed on the organisation. After finally gettng to the event we were seated on the far end next to Futureworld. There the lights spoint the view of the castle and nothing was audible over the peoplemover soundtrack repeating the same few lines every coupleof minutes. So we ended up having to watch the fireworks stood up throughout at the back of the restaurant behind everyone else. It wouldn't have been worth it even if it had been free - but as an expensive meal wasting our time it was a massive disappointment.

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NEWS: Fireworks Dessert Party to Be Offered During Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

by Whitney Littlejohn · July 12, 2023

Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular fireworks show

Starting on July 18th, 2023, bookings for Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular Dessert Party with Plaza Garden Viewing will be available!

Instead of crowding onto Main Street, U.S.A., you can watch Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular fireworks show from a special reserved standing area — along with some tasty desserts.

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This experience takes place during the separately ticketed Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party in Magic Kingdom, and it will cost you extra on top of your Halloween party ticket. Let’s get into the details below!

Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular Dessert Party

Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular Dessert Party is only available on Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party event nights, which take place between August 11th and November 1st. 

The separately ticketed dessert party includes a buffet of eats and drinks served at Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant, plus a great view of Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular fireworks. Dessert options will include cheeses, chocolate-dipped strawberries, devil’s chocolate mousse, drinks, and assorted wine and beer.

Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular fireworks show

2023 Event Dates

  • August 11, 15, 18, 22, 25 and 29
  • September 1, 4, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 28 and 29
  • October 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29 and 31

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Guests with dessert party tickets can check in at the entrance of Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant 1.5 hours before the fireworks, and tickets will cost you $99 for ages 10+ or $59 for ages 3-9.

Keep in mind that this would be on top of the ticket price for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, but it might be worth the extra cost if fireworks are important to you!

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